Archive of August 20, 2020 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of August 20, 2020

KofC says 'under God' in flag pledge represents 'fundamental American belief'

Aug 20, 2020 - 05:35 pm .- After some caucus meetings at the Democratic National Convention omitted the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance, the Knights of Columbus told CNA the words represent a fundamental American belief, and said the group is proud of its role in their addition to the pledge.

Californa parish prays for vandal after Mary statue beheaded

Aug 20, 2020 - 04:20 pm .- After its statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary was beheaded, a California parish asked Catholics to pray for the vandal who desecrated the statue, along with another monument at the parish.

After Netflix apologizes for ‘inappropriate’ film poster, theologian says Cuties movie is unacceptable

Aug 20, 2020 - 04:00 pm .- Netflix has apologized after a poster advertising an upcoming film was accused of normalizing pedophilia. But one theologian told CNA that an apology for the image is not enough, and that the film itself sexualizes children.

Ukrainian Catholics in US provide aid to victims of Ukraine floods

Aug 20, 2020 - 03:13 pm .- Ukrainian Catholics in the US have donated more than $136,000 to assist the victims of the floods that have devastated western Ukraine.

Trump ‘honored’ by praise as ‘pro-gay president,’ after support from bishops on transgender and conscience policy

Aug 20, 2020 - 02:00 pm .- President Donald Trump tweeted late Wednesday night that he was honored by a video describing him as “the most pro-gay president in American history.”

ICE denies claims of forcing Muslim detainees to eat pork 

Aug 20, 2020 - 01:57 pm .- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has denied wrongdoing following allegations that Muslim detainees at a Miami facility are regularly forced to choose between spoiled halal meals and eating pork in violation of their religious beliefs.

Southern Nevada Catholic Charities pays $200k over claim of fraud

Aug 20, 2020 - 12:45 pm .- Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada has agreed to pay more than $200,000 to resolve claims that some of its former employees fraudulently administered community service grants in 2014 and 2015.

US bishops praise Trump administration for pro-life aid policy

Aug 20, 2020 - 11:30 am .- The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops praised the Trump administration’s efforts to tie U.S. aid to pro-life policy on Thursday, following the release of a report indicating widespread compliance with the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance policy. 

Pope Francis supports project to ‘free’ Virgin Mary from mafia exploitation in Italy

Aug 20, 2020 - 11:30 am .- Pope Francis has praised a new initiative aimed at countering the abuse of Marian devotions by mafia organizations, who use her figure to wield power and exert control

Obama and Harris tout values, faith, unity at Democratic National Convention

Aug 20, 2020 - 11:00 am .- Former president Barack Obama and Sen. Kamala Harris both spoke on the importance of values and faith during the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night, but did not address policies that challenge the religious liberties of Catholics and other believers. 

Legal abortion 'above my pay grade,' says religious sister who will pray at DNC

Aug 20, 2020 - 10:52 am .- Sister Simone Campbell, who is set to offer a prayer at the Democratic National Convention Thursday, has declined to take a stand on the morality of abortion protections, and a CNA examination finds donors to her organization, Network Lobby, have links to pro-abortion rights advocacy.

Nuncio meets Zimbabwe government minister after clash over Catholic bishops’ letter

Aug 20, 2020 - 10:45 am .- The Vatican’s representative in Zimbabwe met a senior government official Wednesday amid tensions following a pastoral letter issued by the country’s bishops.

Catholic bishop: Mali coup 'a big failure for our democracy'

Aug 20, 2020 - 08:30 am .- The military coup in Mali is “a big failure for our democracy,” the president of the country’s Catholic bishops’ conference said Wednesday. 

Bishop Bransfield offers 'apology', repays $400k to W Virginia diocese

Aug 20, 2020 - 08:15 am .- Bishop Michael Bransfield has repaid more than $400,000 to his former diocese, and issued a narrowly-worded apology to the faithful and to his alleged victims of sexual harassment.

Catholic archbishop prays outside of prison for detained Belarusian protesters

Aug 20, 2020 - 05:30 am .- The archbishop of Minsk prayed outside of a prison in Belarus Wednesday where detained protesters were reported to have been tortured.

Catholic bishops in southern Africa thank Pope Francis for 300,000 euro donation

Aug 20, 2020 - 05:00 am .- The bishops’ conferences of Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Malawi thanked Pope Francis last week for his gift of 300,000 euros to help vulnerable populations in the three South African countries.

Rare discoveries shed light on secret Catholic life in Tudor house

Aug 20, 2020 - 04:30 am .- A restoration project at a country house has uncovered items that shed new light on the steadfast faith of a Catholic family in the wake of the English Reformation. 

'Go to Joseph': Diocese of Lafayette kicks off Year of St Joseph

Aug 20, 2020 - 03:01 am .- He’s been called Terror of Demons, but even St. Joseph has to adhere to some coronavirus restrictions. The Diocese of Lafayette was going to kick off their Year of St. Joseph a couple months ago, but coronavirus restrictions bumped the celebration to this past weekend.

170 years after pandemic, Pittsburgh Catholics continue cholera Mass tradition 

Aug 20, 2020 - 12:25 am .- For more than 170 years, Pittsburgh Catholics have observed a day of thanksgiving for their parish’s deliverance from a cholera pandemic that killed hundreds of local people in the mid-1800s.

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